WARNING

You should call your doctor immediately if you develop any side effect while taking a drug. If you do develop side effects it is vitally important that you speak to your doctor before you stop taking your pills. Remember that this list of side effects isnít complete - you can develop virtually any side effect with virtually any drug - and remember too that some of these side effects are quite uncommon and many patients can take a drug without getting any side effects. Always follow your doctorís advice about how and when to take a drug - and if you are in any doubt at all then ask for a second opinion. The fact that one drug may be accompanied by a long list of possible side effects does not mean that it is necessarily more or less dangerous or more or less likely to produce problems than a drug which has a shorter list of possible side effects.



ELTROXIN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of hypothyroidism.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Dosage tailored for each patient's needs.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Anginal pain, cardiac arrhythmias, palpitation, and cramps in skeletal muscle; also tachycardia, diarrhoea, vomiting, tremors, restlessness, excitability, insomnia, headache, flushing, sweating, excessive loss of weight and muscular weakness.


ENALAPRIL MALEATE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of hypertension: all grades of essential hypertension and renovascular hypertension. For the treatment of heart failure. Prevention of symptomatic heart failure. Prevention of coronary ischaemic events in patients with left ventricular dysfunction.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually once a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Severe hypotension and renal failure; dizziness and headaches; fatigue, asthenia, hypotension, orthostatic hypotension, syncope, nausea, diarrhoea, muscle cramps, rash and cough; renal dysfunction, renal failure, and oliguria.


EQUAGESIC

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: Short-term use as pain-killer and muscle relaxant.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Three or four times a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, ataxia, vomiting, low blood pressure, paraesthesia, paradoxical excitement, hypersensitivity reactions (skin rashes, shaking, chills, fever), blood disorders. Some dependence if dosage recommendation exceeded - with withdrawal symptoms if drug is suddenly stopped.


ERYTHROCIN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the prophylaxis and treatment of infections caused by erythromycin-sensitive organisms.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: For mild to moderate infections 1-2 g daily in divided doses. For severe infections this may be increased to 4 g daily in divided doses. Tablets should be taken before or with meals. Duration of dosing should be related to the severity and site of infection, but generally lies within the range of 5-14 days.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Nausea, abdominal discomfort, vomiting and diarrhoea; reversible hearing loss; allergic reactions; anaphylaxis; damage to the blood, kidneys, liver or central nervous system; cardiac arrhythmias.


EURAX-HYDROCORTISONE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the management of eczema and dermatitis of all types.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually a thin layer of the cream should be applied to the affected area two to three times a day. Treatment for adults should be limited to 10-14 days or up to seven days if applied to the face. Use with caution in infants and for not more than seven days.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: A burning sensation at the site of application, itching, contact dermatitis/contact allergy may occur.





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